Being an entrepreneur is no easy task, but don’t look at your mom status as a setback of any kind because it is not.
Spoiler alert: being a mompreneur is about as tough as life can be. It is. It has to be. Running a business is about as far from a piece of cake can get, as is being the matriarch of your own little tribe, so put them together and you have a challenge that would frighten even the most hardened Marine’s. That’s what makes it feel so good when you do become a success.
That’s right. Just because it is a challenge, does not mean it is not possible. It just takes intelligence, creativity, true grit and, yeah, learning a few critical lessons along the way. So, to help you out, we have pulled together some top tips that we hope will inspire you to keep pushing, keep proving and keep doing the impossible:
Being A Mom Is An Advantage
Like we said above, being an entrepreneur is no easy task, but don’t look at your mom status as a setback of any kind because it is not. Instead, you need to realize that being a mom comes with a ton of transferable skills when it comes to entrepreneurship: multitasking, managing a budget, getting creative, thinking outside the box and problem-solving. Ask us who we would choose, someone with this skill set or a new graduate and we wouldn’t have to pause for thought.
Remove Toxic People
Being a mom and an entrepreneur means time isn’t a luxury you have, which is why you need to rid any toxic people or influences from your life. You need to ban them. Anyone or anything that starts to bring you down, make you think you can’t do it or creeps into your confidence needs to be shown the door. If you want to be successful, you don’t have time for that sort of negativity.
Make It A Family Affair
There are no two ways about it: you have to include your family in your entrepreneurial dreams. You have to. You have to make them a part of your journey and story. Whether it is getting your family cars branded in fleet graphics, or asking them to share a room so that you can open up shop in your home, or whatever. Make them a part of the business. After all, they are the reason you’re hoping for a better life.
Make Time For You
The two things both motherhood and entrepreneurship have in common are this: they ain’t 9-5 jobs. There will be late nights and early mornings. There will be you working on ideas until 3.30am and then having to drop the kids off at nursery at 7.30am. Knowing this, you need to be kind to yourself and avoid burnout. Even if that is just playing with your kids in the garden for a half-hour or taking a few deep breaths of fresh air – anything that will let you enjoy the moment for a moment. Oh, and have a sense of humor. Stuff is bound to go wrong. But take pride in your superhero status.